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New campaign to recruit more foster carers launched

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A major campaign to help boost the number of people fostering has been launched in Gateshead.

The campaign highlights some of Gateshead Council's foster carers and urges those interested to find out more by following their stories.

The aim of this campaign is to encourage people, who live within a 20-mile radius of Gateshead, to find out more about fostering, and think about whether it could be something they could do.

Many people express admiration for those who foster, and there is no doubt that foster carers do a truly amazing job.  But they aren't superhuman, they don't possess a special gene that makes them able to do this - they're real everyday people.

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said

"Fostering really helps transform the lives of children. Providing safe and stable foster families, in Gateshead, for those children who are unable to live with their own families is a priority for the Council. It requires the recruitment of foster carers on an ongoing basis to help meet the number of children coming into our care.

"Gateshead Council is committed to providing Looked after Children with the very best care, help and opportunities, to prepare them for the future.

"I'm delighted to see that our own carers are involved in this campaign as they are the people who look after the children every day and are best placed to help encourage others to become foster carers."

There are a range of different opportunities available for foster carers, from respite to long term, and all come with support, training, a fostering fee and child allowance.

Jan, a Gateshead Council foster carer, featuring in the new campaign, said:

"It's the simple things that the children appreciate. Little things like coming home every night, having a nice meal and sitting as a family. They don't need lavish things; they don't need you giving them lots of different things, they just need your time. I think there are lots of people out there who could foster, who really don't think they could, but they could. And I think it's really important to put the word out there."    

Hear their stories, and others.

Foster Carer
12 March 2020

A major campaign to help boost the number of people fostering has been launched in Gateshead.

The campaign highlights some of Gateshead Council's foster carers and urges those interested to find out more by following their stories.

The aim of this campaign is to encourage people, who live within a 20-mile radius of Gateshead, to find out more about fostering, and think about whether it could be something they could do.

Many people express admiration for those who foster, and there is no doubt that foster carers do a truly amazing job.  But they aren't superhuman, they don't possess a special gene that makes them able to do this - they're real everyday people.

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said

"Fostering really helps transform the lives of children. Providing safe and stable foster families, in Gateshead, for those children who are unable to live with their own families is a priority for the Council. It requires the recruitment of foster carers on an ongoing basis to help meet the number of children coming into our care.

"Gateshead Council is committed to providing Looked after Children with the very best care, help and opportunities, to prepare them for the future.

"I'm delighted to see that our own carers are involved in this campaign as they are the people who look after the children every day and are best placed to help encourage others to become foster carers."

There are a range of different opportunities available for foster carers, from respite to long term, and all come with support, training, a fostering fee and child allowance.

Jan, a Gateshead Council foster carer, featuring in the new campaign, said:

"It's the simple things that the children appreciate. Little things like coming home every night, having a nice meal and sitting as a family. They don't need lavish things; they don't need you giving them lots of different things, they just need your time. I think there are lots of people out there who could foster, who really don't think they could, but they could. And I think it's really important to put the word out there."    

Hear their stories, and others.

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